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The Marlborough Science Academy

Art - Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students develop a foundation of skills and learn the formal elements of art. We aim to connect creativity and imagination with development of skills and techniques, so the students have freedom to create with intention. Students will learn about the importance of art within the commercial world, the relevance of art in the intellectual world and how they might play a part of it. Teaching creativity brings with it other transferable skills such as communication, problem-solving, risk taking, developing confidence, researching, understanding others, expressing ideas and conveys meanings. We aim to teach students how to use the power of creativity in all aspects of their life.

In Year 7 we explore the formal elements:

  • Tone
  • Colour
  • Pattern
  • Texture
  • Line

Under these topic themes we will teach students to use materials such as pencil, paint, water colour, collage, clay, print, mixed media. We will also teach them various processes such as drawing and painting, printmaking, clay, 3D structure, combing mixed media etc.

In Year 8 we develop the formal elements from Year 7 with reference to the materials and techniques also learnt. We explore themes such as

  • Design - mobile phone design, poster design, animation design
  • Genres - still life, portraits, landscapes

These projects may change year-on-year as we reinvent new schemes of work to allow us fresh approaches and to stay in touch with current themes or trending ideas in current popular culture.

Curriculum Implementation 

Click here to view the curriculum implementation overview for Art at Key Stage 3.

Curriculum Timelines 

Click here to view the curriculum timeline for Art at Key Stages 3 and 4. 

Curriculum Learning Journey 

Click here to view the learning journey for Art at Key Stage 3. 

Knowledge Organisers 

Click on the links below to view some Art knowledge organisers for Key Stage 3:

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